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Nurse arrested for stealing drugs from hospice patient

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DUNCAN, Okla. - An Oklahoma nurse has been arrested for allegedly stealing drugs from a hospice patient.

It happened in the small town of Ryan in Jefferson County when the nurse’s employer caught on to what she was doing and contacted the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.

Authorities arrested Kelly Shires, an RN from Duncan.

"This nurse was picking up prescriptions that had been written to this patient, but then those prescriptions were never given to the patient,” OBN Spokesman Mark Woodward said.

Court documents state Shires picked up an order of Oxycodone with Percocet from a pharmacy and delivered them to the patient’s house but then ended up keeping them.

She claimed the doctor ordered her to do so, but the doctor told investigators that statement was not true.

Records also show Shires picked up pain medication from the pharmacy for that same patient two more times, but, once again, they were never given to the woman to whom they had been prescribed.

Detectives followed a paper trail that led them to Shires.

"We don't know if she was feeding her own addiction or whether this was motivated by economics where she would sell these,” Woodward said. “We don't know what happened to these pills, but we do know she picked them up, and the patient never got them."

Shires is charged with three felony counts of larceny or obtaining a controlled dangerous substance by deceit.

She is no longer employed by Chisholm Trail Hospice in Duncan.